Whilst in the throws of doing my research for this, I took many photographs to inspire me and to get me thinking. Many of those photographs have since languished unseen in my archives, which I feel is a shame. One of the chapters that was a lot of fun to put together was Gardens & Outdoor Havens.
So this morning I thought I'd share with you some of the photographs that I took in my friend's English cottage garden. She is an enthusiastic collector of old gardenalia, which she crams into her tiny front garden plot. Old clay pots, tools and quirky items of salvage arranged in the borders create a nostalgic approach to this delightful way of gardening.
Most of the planting are traditional varieties, many self seeded, with pinks and pale purples being a favourite choice.
(Ooops sorry, that's me getting in the way there...reflected in the window...but isn't this potting shed just so cute?!)